John and Angela Sinacore Student Award for Excellence in Alcohol and Substance Abuse Studies
John Sinacore, EdD, professor emeritus of health science from 1974 to 1982, and Angela Sinacore, his wife, established the John and Angela Sinacore Student Award for Excellence in Alcohol & Substance Abuse Studies at SUNY Brockport.
This scholarship recognizes an outstanding student in Alcohol & Substance Abuse Studies who demonstrates the potential for excellence in the discipline. Brockport’s program in Alcohol & Substance Abuse Studies is the only bachelor’s level substance-abuse program in New York State.
After service during World War II, Dr. Sinacore completed his undergraduate work at New York University, earned his master’s and doctoral degrees, and began teaching health science at SUNY Cortland. He was invited to work for the State of New York in Albany, where he established a state-wide alcohol and substance abuse program, serving as an active and articulate supporter of alcohol and substance abuse education.
He served on the National Advisory Committee on Alcoholism from the 1960s through 1970 for which he received a formal letter of thanks from Elliot Richardson, then Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare.
In 1974, he joined the health science faculty at Brockport as a professor and taught until his retirement in 1982. While teaching, Dr. and Mrs. Sinacore wrote several books together, including Introductory Health: A Vital Issue, published by MacMillan in 1975.
The couple previously was active for more than 20 years with the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary and participated in several rescue operations. They currently participate in Intergenerational Learning opportunities offered by Nazareth College.
Qualified applicants for the John and Angela Sinacore Student Award for Excellence in Alcohol & Substance Abuse Studies are junior or senior students in the year for which the award is given, who are majoring in Alcohol & Substance Abuse Studies at Brockport, and who have a minimum GPA of 3.0.
In addition, applicants must demonstrate exemplary performance related to the goals of alcohol and substance abuse education; maintain personal conduct consistent with a leader in alcohol and substance abuse counseling; and have the potential to pursue graduate study in alcohol and substance abuse counseling, social work, or a related discipline. They also must submit an essay of up to 500 words on their eligibility for this award based on their academic performance, dedication to the discipline, volunteer activities, and plans for graduate school.